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we, receiving them according to thy Son to the Form before prescribed ; beginour Saviour Jesus Christ's holy institu- ning at-All glory be to thee, Almighty tion, in remembrance of his Death and God--and ending with these words Passion, may be partakers of his most Partakers of his most blessed Body blessed Body and Blood. And we ear- and Blood. nestly desire thy fatherly goodness, mer- When all have communicated, the Bi. cifully to accept this our sacrifice of shop shall return to the Lord's Table, praise and thanksgiving; most humbly and reverently place upon it what re beseeching thee to gran,, that by the maineth of the consecrated Elements, merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, covering the same with a fuir Linen and through faith in his blood, we, and

Cloth. all thy whole Church, may obtain remis- 1 Then shall the Bishop say the Lord's sion of our sins, and all other benefits of Prayer, the People repeating after him his passion. And here we offer and pre- every petition. sent unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our Souls, and bodies, to be a reasonable, OUR Father, who art in Heaven, Hal

holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; die bumbly beseeching, thee, that we, and is in Heaven; Give us this day our daily

come; Thy Will be done on Earth,

as it all others who shall be partakers of this bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of us; And lead us not into temptation ;

we forgive those who trespass against thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy But deliver us from evil: For thine is the grace and heavenly benediction, and Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glo made one body with him, that he may dwell in them, and they in him. And ry, for ever and ever. Amen. although we are unworthy, through our T After which shall be said as followeth. manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sa

, crifice; yet we beseech thee to accept

most heartily thank thee, for that this our bounden duty and service, not thou dost vouchsafe to feed us, who have weighing our merits, but pardoning oar duly received these holy Mysteries, with offences; through Jesus Christ our Lord; the spiritual food of the most precious by whom, and with whom, in the unity Body and Blood of thy Son our Saviour of the Holy Ghost; all honour and glory Jesus Christ; and dost assure us therebe unto thee, O Father Almighty, world by of thy favour and goodness towards without end. Amen.

us; and that we are very members in" Here shall be sung a Hymn, or part corporate, in the mystical body of thy of a Hymn,

from the Selection for the Son, which is the blessed company of all Feasts and Fasts, &c.

faithful people; and are also heirs

through hope of thy everlasting kingdon, " Then shall the Bishop, first receive the by the merits of the most precious death

Communion in both kinds himself, and and passion of thy dear Son. And we proceed to deliver the same to the Bi- most humbly beseech thee, 0 heavenly shops, Priests, and Deacons, in like Father, so to assist us with thy grace, manner, and after that, to the People that we may continue in that holy fel. also in order, into their hands, all de- lowship, and do all such good works as voutly kneeling: And when he deliver thou hast prepared for us to walk in, eth the Bread, he shall say,

through Jesus Christ our Lord; to TWhich was given for thee, preserve THE Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost,

be all honour and glory, world without thy body and soul unto everlasting life:

end. Amen. Take and eat this in remembrance that I Then shall be said or sung, all standChrist died for thee, and feed on him ing, Gloria in Excelsis, or some proper in thy heart by faith, with thanksgiving. Hymn from the Selection. 1 And the Bishop, delivering the cup,

earth peace, good will towards men. THE Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, ship thee, we glorify thee, we give

We praise thee, we bless thee, we worwhich was shed for thee, preserve thanks to thee for thy great glory, thy Body and soul unto everlasting life: Lord God, heavenly King, God the Fa. Drink this in remembrance that Christ's

ther Almighty. 3 blood was slied for thee, and be thank

O Lord, the only begotten Son Jesus

Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son IT If the consecrated Bread and Wine be of the Father, who takest away the sins

spent before all have communicated, the of the world, have mercy upon us: Thou Bishop is to consecrate more according who takest away the sins of the word

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have mercy upon us: Thou who takest and minds in the knowledge and love of away the sins of the world, receive our God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our prayer: Thou wlio sittest at the right Lord: And the blessing of God Alhand of God the Father, bave mercy mighty, the Father, the Son, and the upon us.

Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain For thou only art holy; thou only art with you always. Amen. the Lord; thou only, o Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory " If any of the consecrated Bread and of God the Father. Amen.

Wine reñain after the Communion, it Then the Bishop shall let them depart shall not be carried out of the Church, with this blessing:

but the Bishop and other Communicunts THE peace of God, which passeth all shall, immediately after the Blessin.

reverently eat and drink the same Here endeth the Order for the Administration of the Holy Communion.

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Consecration of a Church or Chapel, According to the order of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of

America, as established by the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity of said Church, in General Convention, in the month of September, A. D. 1799.

place?

7 T'he Bishop is to be received at the entrance of the Church or Chapel by the Churck

wardens and Vestrymen, or some other Persons appointed for that purpose. The Bishop and the Clergy who are present, shall go up the aisle of the Church or Chupel, to the Communion Table, repeating the 24th Psalm aliernatcly the Bishop one verse, and the Clergy another. Psalm xxiv.

| The Bishop shall go within the rails

with such of the Clergy as can be there therein is: the compass of the world, accommodated. The Bishop, sitting in and they that dwell therein.

his chair, shall have the instruments of 2 For he hath founded it upon the donation and endowment, if there le seas, and prepared it upon the floods. any presented to him, and then standing 3 Vho shall ascend into the hill of the

up, and turning to the Congregationi, Loril, or who shall rise up in his holy

shall

say, 4 Even he that bath clean hands and a pure heart; and that hath not lift up

EARLY beloved in the Lord; foras. D

much as devout and holy men, as his mind unto vanity, nor sworn tu de- well under the law as uncler the goste, ceive his neighbour.

moved either by the express conimand of 5 He shall receive the blessing from God, or by the secret inspiration of the the Lord, and righteousness from the blessed Spirit, and acting agreeably in God of his salvation.

their own reason and sense of the turul 6 This is the generation of them that decency of things, have erected houses seek him; even of them that seek thy for the public worship of God, and septe face, O Jacoh.

rated them from all unhalloweet, world, 7 Lift up your heads, ( ye gates; and and common uses, in order to fill men's be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and minds with greater reverence for his the King of Glory shall come in. glorious Majesty, and affect their hearts

8 Who is the King of Glory? it is the with more devotion and humility in his Lord strong and mighty, even the Lord service, which pious works have been mighty in battle.

approved of and graciously accepted by 9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates' and our heavenly Father: Let us not doubt be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and but that he will also favourably approve the King of Glory shall come in. our godly purpose of setting apart this

10 Who is the King of Glory? even place in solemn manuer, for the perforthe Lord of Hosts, le is the King of inance of the several offices of religious Glory.

worship, and let us faithfully aud do

voudly beg his blessing on this our un-sins, and all other benefits of his passion. dertaking

Amen. * Then the Bishop, kneeling, shall say the which shall be rend and preached in this

Grant, O Lord, that by thy holy word following Prayer.

place, and by thy Holy Spirit grasting it 0 ETERNAL God, mighty in power inwardly in the heart, the hearers there

and of majesty incomprehensible, of may both perceive and know what whom the heaven of heavens cannot con- things they ought to do, and may have tin, much less the walls of temples made power and strength to fulfil the same. with hands; and who yet hast been gra- Amen. ciously pleased to promise thy especial Grant, O Lord, that whosoever shall be presence, wherever two or three of thy joined together in this place in the holy faithful servants shall assemble in thy estate of maurimony, may faithfully pername to offer up their praises and sup- form and keep the vow and covenant plications unto thee; vouchsafe, O Lord, between them made, and may remain in io be present with us, who are here ga- perfect love together unto their lives thered together, with all humility and end. Amen. readiness of heart, to consecrate this Grant, we beseech thee, blessed Lord, place to the honour of thy great name; that whosoever shall draw near to thee separating it henceforth from all unhal- in this place, to give thee thanks for the lowed, ordinary and common uses, and benefits which they have received at thy dedicating it to thy service, for reading hands, to set forth thy most worthy thy holy word, for celebrating thy holy praise, to confess their sins unto thee, sacraments, for offering to thy glorious and to ask such things as are requisite Majesty, the sacrifices of prayer and and necessary as well for the body as for thanksgiving, for blessing thy people in the soul, may do it with such steadiness thy name, and for the performance

of all of faith, and with such seriousness, affecother holy offices: accept, O Lord, this tion, and devotion of mind, that thou service at our bands, and bless it with mayest accept their bounden duty and such success as may tend most to thy service, and vouchsafe to give whatever glory, and the furtherance of our happi- in thy infinite wisdom thou shalt see to ness both temporal and spiritual, through be most expedient for them: all which Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Savi- we beg for Jesus Christ's sake our most our. Amen.

blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. After this the Bishop shall stand up, Then the Bishop, sitting in his chair, the and turning his face towards the Con sentence of Consecration is to be read gregation, shall say,

by some person appointed by him, and

then laid by him upon the Communion of thy servants, and grani that who- Table,-after which the Bishop shall soever shall be dedicated to thee in this say,

LESSED be thy name, O Lord, that the Holy Ghost, delivered from thy wrath BLE and eternal death, and received as a liv. hearts of thy servants, to appropriate and

it hath pleased thee to put it into the ing member of Christ's Church, and may devote this house to thy honour and ever remain in the number of thy faith- worship; and grant that all who shall ful children. Amen. Grant, O Lord, that they who at this enjoy the benefit of this pious work, niny

show forth their thankfulness, by malplace shall in their own persons renew ing a right use of it, to the glory of thy the promises and vows which they made, blessed name, through sus Christ our or which were made for them by their Lord. Amen. sureties at their Baptism, and thereupon shall be confirmed by the Bishop, may " After this the Minister appointed is to receive such a measure of thy Holy Spirit, read the service for the day. that they may be enabled faithfully to fulfil the same, and grow in grace unto

PROPER PSALMS, 84--122-132. their lives' end. Amen.

FIRST LESSON. 1 Kings 8th, verse Grant, O Lord, that whosoever shall re

22 to verse 63. deive in this place the blessed sacra- SECOND LESSON. Heb. 10th, verse ment of the body and blood of Christ,

19 to verse 27. may come to that holy ordinance with lich, charity, and true repentance; and Morning Prayer being ended, there shall being filled with thy grace and heavenly be sing from the Book of Psalms in benediction, inay, to their great and end- metre, Psal. xxvi. verse 6, 7, 8, with the louis comfort, obtain remission of their Gloria Patri,

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The Bishop shall then proceed to the oxen, and sheep, and doves, and the Communion Service. The following changers of money sitting: And when skull be the Collect,.Epistle, and Gospel, he had made a scourge of small cords for the occasion.

he drove them all out of the temple. and The Collect.

the sheep, and the oxen, and poured out 0

MOST glorious Lord, we acknow- the changers of money, and overthrew

ledge that we are not worthy to the tables, and said unto them that sold offer unto thee any thing belonging un- doves, " Take these things hence; make to us; yet we beseech thee in thy great not my Father's house an house of iner. goodness, graciously to accept the dedi-chandise.” And his disciples remember. cation of this place to thy service, and to ed that it was written, The zeal of thine prosper this our undertaking; receive house hath eaten me up. the prayers and intercessions of all those

Then shall be saitl or sung the 100th thy servants, who shall call upon thee in

Psal: this house; and give them grace to prepare their hearts to serve thee with reverence and godly fear; affect them " Here shall follow the Sermon. with an awful apprehension of thy Divine Majesty, and a deep sense of their own. The Sermon being ended, the Bishop unworthiness; that so approaching thy

shall procced in the service for the Comsanctuary with lowliness and devotion,

munion, if it is tu be administered at that and coming before thee with clean

time. thoughts and pure hearts, with bodies undefiled, and minds sanctified, they

After the Communion, or if it is not may always perform a service accepta

administered at that time, after the Sere ble to thee, through Jesus Christ our

mon, and immediately before the final Lord. Amen.

Blessing, the Bishop shall say the fole

lowing Prayer. The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. verse 14 to

, Verse 17.

for that it hath pleased thee to have E

with unbelievers; for what fellow- and to dwell in the midst of the assembly ship hath righteousness with unrighte- of the saints upon the earth; bless, we ousness? And what communion hath beseech thee, the religious performance light with darkness? And what colicord of this day, and grant that in this piace hath Christ with Belial? Or what part now set apart to thy service, thy holy hath he that believeth with an Infidel? name may be worshipped in truth and And what agreement hath the temple of purity through all generations, through God with Idols! For ye are the temple Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. living God: I

THE peace of , which passeth all and I will be their God, and they shall and minds in the kõowledge and love of be my people.

God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our The Gospel. St. John ii. verse 13. Lord; and the blessing of God Almighi. A

ND the Jews Passover was at hand, ty, the Father, the Son, anel the foly

and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with and found in the temple those that sold you always. Amen.

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A PRAYER

TO BE USED AT THE MEETINGS OF CONVENTIOX.

councils of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, through thy Son Jess Christ, to be with thy Church to the end of the world; we beseech thee to be present with the council of thy Church bere assembled in thy name and presera. Save them from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of thy great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech thee, so to direct, sanctify, and govern us in our present work, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, la the breaking down the kingdom of sin, satan, and death; till at length the whole of thy dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of ever lasting life, through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

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INSTITUTION OF MINISTERS

INTO PARISHES OR CHURCHES,

Prescrioed by the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America,

established in General Convention of the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity 1804 and set forth, with Alterations, in General Convention, 1808.

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I The Bishop having received due Notice of the Election of a Minister into a Parish

or Church, as prescribed by the Canon " concerning the Election and Institution of Ministers," and being satisfied that the Person chosen is a qualified Minister of this Church,may transmit the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Rector, Associated Rector, or Assistant Minister, to one of his Presbyters, whom he

may appoint as the Institutor. 1 In any State or Diocese the concluding Paragraph in the Letter of Institution may

he omitted, where it interferes with the Usages, Laws, or Charters of the Church in the same.

To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B. Presbyter, Greeting. 1: Sigillanı. , ,

E do by these Presents give and grant unto you, in whose Learn.

fide, our License and Authority to perform the Office of a Priest in the ignat.

Parish (or Church) of E. And also hereby do institute you into said

Parish for Church,) possessed of full power to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function among the People of the same; you continuing in communion [*with us, and complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church, and with suciz Lipt lawful directions as you shall at any time receive from us.

And as a canonically instituted Priest into the Office of Rector (Associated Rece corner Assistant Minister, as the case may be) of Parish (or Church,) you are

faithfully to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now entrusted to you; not as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind, that you are accountable to us here, and to the Chief Bishop and Sovereign Judge of all hereafter.

And as the Lord hath ordained, that they who serve at the altar should live of the things belonging to the altar; so we authorise you to claim and enjoy all the ac. * customed temporalities appertaining to your cure, until some urgent reason or rea

sons occasion a wisb in you, or in the congregation committed to your charge, to po bring about a separation, and dissolution of all sacerdotal relation between you and

iliem; of all which you will give us due notice: and in case of any difference be

tween you and your congregation, as to a separation, and dissolution of all sacer* clotal connection between you and them, we, your Bishop, with the advice of our 5 Presbyters, are to be the ultimate arbiter and judge. In witness whereof we have hereunto affixed our Episcopal seal and signature, this

A.D. and in the year of our consecration: In the case of a Minister to be instituted in a state or Diocese in which there is no Bishop, the Člerical Members of the Standing Committee shall send the following Letter of Institution, for the proposed Minister, to the Presbyter whom they may appoint us Institutor.

To our well-beloved in Christ, A. B. Presbyter, Greeting. Sigillum.

TE do by these Presents authorise and empower you to exercise tue of the power vested in us, do institute you into said Parish (or Church, possessed of full power to perform every Act of sacerdotal Function among the people of the same; you complying with the rubrics and canons of the Church.

And as a canonically instituted Priest into the Office of Rector (Associated Rector, or Assistant Minister, as the case may be ) of Parish (or Church,) you are to feed that portion of the flock of Christ which is now entrusted to you; not as a man-pleaser, but as continually bearing in mind, that you are accountable to the ecclesiastical authority of the Church here, and to the Cbief Bishop and Sorereign Judge of all hereafter.

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